Not Just On Purim: The Moon Dressed Up
Have you ever wonder why we see a human face or a rabbit’s image on the Moon?
There is a psychological explanation for it. This phenomenon is called Pareidolia, which in Greek means: “faulty image”. It’s a cognitive bias of the brain, which makes us recognize familiar patterns pictures in unfamiliar objects, especially of a human face.
In the Chinese culture, it is common to ‘see’ a rabbit’s image on the Moon. Yutu, “Jade Rabbit”, is the name of the Chinese Moon rover.
We also envision a human face in other celestial bodies, such as the comet as seen from the European spacecraft, Rosetta.
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